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Empowerhouse: New Model for Green, Affordable Housing, Now Open - Dexigner

Empowerhouse: New Model for Green, Affordable Housing, Now Open - Dexigner | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DexignerEmpowerhouse: New Model for Green, Affordable Housing, Now OpenDexignerEach unit of the two-family house is designed as a "site net-zero" system (producing all of its energy needs), but each achieves peak efficiency when joined.

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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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Climate talks told to ease rifts as heat busts record (Update)

Climate talks told to ease rifts as heat busts record (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fresh UN climate talks opened in Bonn on Monday with a plea for nations to overcome rifts as scientists reported record global temperatures for a month of September.
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Historian unearths origins of Mexico's water crisis

Historian unearths origins of Mexico's water crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A historic three-year drought has left California bone dry. But the state, along with much of the Southwest, is not alone in its water crisis. Mexico, too, is facing a severe water shortage, and Stanford scholar Mikael Wolfe says the Mexican version was decades in the making, and probably preventable.
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Did Jesus Save the Klingons?

Did Jesus Save the Klingons? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If or when we make contact with extraterrestrials, the effect on our religious sensibilities will be profound, says astronomer David Weintraub
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Better Logging Could Slow Global Warming

Better Logging Could Slow Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Nature Conservancy partners with loggers in Indonesia to limit the destruction of tropical forests
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How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly?

How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What we can learn from the boot leather, organization and quick response times that stopped Ebola from spreading in this African nation
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Russian freighter, adrift off BC, towed to port

A Russian container ship that lost power and was drifting dangerously close to a rocky coast off northern British Columbia, is safe and being towed to port for repairs.
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Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in Saudi

Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in Saudi | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Authorities in Saudi Arabia say they have seized half a tonne of ivory being smuggled from Africa to east Asia.
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Specialized care centers may be needed to contain ebola

Specialized care centers may be needed to contain ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Specialized medical centers may be necessary to adequately treat and contain the Ebola virus in the United States, according to an ideas and opinions piece published online Oct. 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost

World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Bank warned Friday the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.
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Tropical storm batters southern Mexico coast, kills six

Tropical storm batters southern Mexico coast, kills six | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Six people were killed as tropical storm Trudy—since downgraded to a tropical depression—lashed Mexico, prompting evacuations and stranding 16 communities, authorities said Sunday.
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Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms

Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Organisms can be negatively affected by plastic nanoparticles, not just in the seas and oceans but in freshwater bodies too. These particles slow the growth of algae, cause deformities in water fleas and impede communication between small organisms and fish. These are the results of research carried ...
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China sets tougher restrictions on illegal mining, exporting of rare earths

China sets tougher restrictions on illegal mining, exporting of rare earths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing has launched a five-month campaign that aims to finally crackdown on illegal extraction and smuggling of the coveted elements.
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Gonzalo: First hand account in Bermuda, next stop: The United Kingdom

Gonzalo: First hand account in Bermuda, next stop: The United Kingdom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hurricane Gonzalo departed from Bermuda leaving power outages, downed trees, and damaged homes and buildings. An on-the ground account of the storm indicated the eye passed over the island. By Oct. 20, post-tropical storm Gonzalo was approaching the United Kindgom, sparking severe weather warnings.
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Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record (Update)

Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, U.S. meteorologists say.
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Less Well-Off Donate Bigger Income Percentage

Less Well-Off Donate Bigger Income Percentage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wealthier people on average gave a lower percentage to charity in 2012 than they did in 2006, while the less affluent increased their giving. Cynthia Graber reports
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough on Fusion Energy

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough on Fusion Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready in a decade.
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I'm a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here's What No One Is Telling You About Ebola

I'm a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here's What No One Is Telling You About Ebola | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You can't just expect any nurse or any doctor or any health care worker or layperson to understand the deconning procedures by way of some kind of pamphlet or 10-minute training video. Not only is it mentally rigorous, but it's physically exhausting....
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Japan's 'sacred' rice farms rotting from inside

Japan's 'sacred' rice farms rotting from inside | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shuichi Yokota may be the future of Japan's struggling rice industry.
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Climate change alters cast of winter birds

Climate change alters cast of winter birds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past two decades, the resident communities of birds that attend eastern North America's backyard bird feeders in winter have quietly been remade, most likely as a result of a warming climate.
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Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in saying it's a bad idea ...
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Years of endurance exercise may raise A-fib/Flutter risk

Years of endurance exercise may raise A-fib/Flutter risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Cumulative years of regular endurance exercise are associated with an increased risk for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, according to a study published in the Oct. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.
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Heavy rains leave 22 dead in Nicaragua

Heavy rains leave 22 dead in Nicaragua | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Days of torrential rains in Nicaragua left 22 people dead and left homeless more than 32,000 others, according to an official report Saturday.
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Major breakthrough could help detoxify pollutants

Major breakthrough could help detoxify pollutants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at The University of Manchester hope a major breakthrough could lead to more effective methods for detoxifying dangerous pollutants like PCBs and dioxins. The result is a culmination of 15 years of research and has been published in Nature. It details how certain organisms manage to lower ...
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Here's a list of aid groups working on the Ebola crisis — and how to donate

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa (and the US) is the worst on record, infecting about 9,000 people and killing about 4,500 as of October 12. The situation still seems out of control. And the longer the outbreak goes on, the greater chance it has of spreading to new locations.

"USAID has a list of 58 aid groups working on the Ebola crisis"

Some readers have been asking what they can do to help. For those interested, the US Agency for International Development has put together a list of 58 non-governmental organizations that are working on the Ebola crisis, with direct links for how to donate to them online (or via snail mail).

The agency is encouraging Americans to donate, according to a recently released statement:

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI) encourages Americans to support relief efforts appropriately and responsibly. Those who wish to help are encouraged to do so by giving monetary donations to trusted and experienced relief organizations, and to refrain from sending material donations such as bottled water, clothing and canned goods, unless they are specifically requested by a responding organization. Monetary donations to relief organizations working directly with disaster-affected people are the most effective way to help.

Some organizations on the list are more obvious players in a health crisis, like Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross.

What's more, because this crisis is affecting some of the poorest countries on Earth (which have also been recently affected by Ebola-related quarantines and air-flight cancelations), food access is also expected to play a major role. That's why organizations like the World Food Program are on the list, too.

Further reading: This piece by Julia Belluz offers some tips on the best ways to donate money — resources like Charity Watch, GiveWell, and Charity Navigator can help assess effectiveness of different non-profits.

Via Dr Lendy Spires, Jocelyn Stoller
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